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Re: Rexit?

Postby Grammatron » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:46 pm

Trump missed a perfect troll opportunity to interview Romney again for the job
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Re: Rexit?

Postby Pyrrho » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:54 pm

https://twitter.com/NonWhiteHat/status/ ... 2562159617

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Re: Rexit?

Postby Pyrrho » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:54 pm

Grammatron wrote:Trump missed a perfect troll opportunity to interview Romney again for the job

That would have been epic.
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Re: Rexit?

Postby Pyrrho » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:12 am

https://twitter.com/jason_howerton/stat ... 4787887104

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Re: Rexit?

Postby Anaxagoras » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:29 am

Well he's not Kissinger and people have short memories so take this with a grain of salt, but fwiw:

Rex Tillerson has been fired. Experts say he did damage that could last “a generation.”

Tillerson was “one of the worst secretaries of state” in modern history, according to experts from across the political spectrum.


Or it may be that people who work in the Washington foreign policy eco-system ("experts") have an exaggerated view of their own importance? :notsure:

Anywho:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired by President Donald Trump, according to White House officials’ statements on Tuesday morning.

He was in office for a little over a year, one of the shortest tenures in modern history — and it was not, experts say, a distinguished one.

“Tillerson would be at or near the bottom of the list of secretaries of state, not just in the post-Second World War world but in the record of US secretaries of state,” says Paul Musgrave, a scholar of US foreign policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The former Exxon Mobil CEO, whose nomination was initially greeted warmly by prominent foreign policy hands, will leave office without any major accomplishments. This is largely because he failed to wield any significant influence in internal administration debates over issues like North Korea or Russia, and in fact actively alienated the president during several key policy debates.

His push to slash “inefficiencies” in the State Department and seeming disinterest in working closely with longtime staff were even more damaging. Under Tillerson’s watch, 60 percent of State’s top-ranking career diplomats resigned and new applications to join the foreign service fell by half, according to a November count by the American Foreign Service Association.

This hollowing-out of the foreign service, combined with Tillerson’s inability to appoint people to vital positions like ambassador to South Korea, delayed American responses to major crises and weakened the State Department for a “generation,” according to George Washington University’s Elizabeth Saunders.

This can’t all be blamed on Tillerson: Even a skilled and experienced diplomat would have had trouble maintaining influence in the chaotic Trump White House, a place where foreign policy is often made over Twitter. As if to underscore the point, Trump announced Tillerson’s departure in a tweet — before the secretary himself could make a statement.

Yet scholars and foreign policy practitioners across the political spectrum agree that he deserves much of the blame.

"I think he really will go down as one of the worst secretaries of State we've had," Eliot Cohen, counselor to the State Department under President George W. Bush, told Axios’s Jonathan Swan. “He will go down as the worst Secretary of State in history,” tweeted Ilan Goldenberg, an Obama-era State Department official.
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Re: Rexit?

Postby Witness » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:36 am

CIA to the rescue:
NYT wrote:Trump Fires Rex Tillerson and Will Replace Him With C.I.A. Chief Pompeo
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/13/us/politics/trump-tillerson-pompeo.html

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Re: Rexit?

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:12 am

Same old permanent bi-partisan foreign policy no matter what.

Plus some insincere partisan rhetoric thrown in that no one with real power takes seriously.
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McMexit Next?

Postby Anaxagoras » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:34 am

Reportedly McMaster is on his way out too, although the WH is sort-of denying it:

http://thehill.com/homenews/administrat ... ser-report

President Trump has reportedly decided to remove H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser.

The Washington Post reported Thursday evening that Trump is discussing potential replacements for McMaster, but is willing to take his time in removing him to ensure there is a strong successor.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back on the report, saying "there are no changes" at the National Security Council.

“Just spoke to @POTUS and Gen. H.R. McMaster - contrary to reports they have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the NSC,” she tweeted.


There "are no changes" but that's not quite the same as saying "there will be no changes" in the near future.

Rumors of McMaster’s exit have swirled in recent weeks, though the White House earlier this month pushed back on reports his ouster was imminent.

McMaster, a three-star Army general, has had public disagreements with Trump over issues ranging from Iran to Russia.

The president rebuked his national security adviser last month after McMaster said Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election was “incontrovertible.”

“General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems,” Trump tweeted.

Thursday's report on McMaster’s looming departure, which cited five sources, come two days after Trump announced on Twitter that he was ousting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
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Re: Rexit?

Postby Doctor X » Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:06 am

Could be worse . . . in Soviet Russia colds catch you.

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